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Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One Paperback – October 10, 2012
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"This quick read allows you to let your imagination soar! Great fun. Can't wait for the sequel. Jack is quite the character." -Gloria Frost
"I bought this book for my kids and found myself fighting them for time with it. From the first page you are drawn into Jack's discovery of a fantastic new world around him - a world he didn't know existed. It's a real fun, vivid read full of cliffhangers and non-stop action that will keep even your most reluctant reader interested." -Jim Beard
From the Author
Thank you for your interest in Jack Templar Monster Hunter. I wrote this book to encourage my 11 year-old reluctant reader son to give books a try. We woke up an hour earlier each morning and he and his brother read the chapters out loud to me as I finished them. I knew that if they ever got sleepy that there was rewriting to be done! The results have been great. Both of my boys are now avid readers and we're having a great time sharing new books we find and working together on the next book in the Jack Templar series. Look for Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy to be out soon!
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read filled with plenty of action and monsters out of myths and legends. While it has a definite Young Adult genre feel to it, we also had some darker issues in the background which gave it a touch of seriousness that pulled it all together for me. Jack is a fun kid who has a secret identity that even he isn’t aware of at the start of the story. He has a crush on a girl at school, but is too shy to do anything about it. He has 2 friends in the school who are both outcasts (each for different reasons). And his parents died when he was kid, leaving him to be raised by his Aunt Sophie (who has secrets of her own).
Then in steps Eva and she is an awesome one-handed (the other being whatever weapon she needs at the time that can screw on to her stump cover) Monster Hunter. She shows up and starts explaining the rules of the whole Creach society (the monsters – creatures) and what the Black Guard (Monster Hunters) are all about. However, she keeps getting interrupted by this flow of monsters who want Jack either dead or captured. This creates a great pacing of the story, where we get these little tidbits of background in between action scenes. No big info dumps here!
But if you are concerned that this is just one big monster slayer fest, don’t worry! Some of these ‘monsters’ have more going on for them. Of course, this leads to grief and consternation for some of the Monster Hunters. That was quite OK with me, as it added another layer to the story and left plenty for the author to explore in future installments of the series.
The book does break the fourth wall and speak directly to the reader several times through out the tale. Mostly, this is Jack telling us (the readers) to beware! Horrid monsters will hunt us if we read this book! While I didn’t exactly dislike these sections, I felt that they were so much younger than the tale itself and the break in narration always took me out of the story. I think I would have preferred to just let the story speak for itself.
What I Liked: The cover art; Jack is easy to get attached to; monsters galore!; not all the characters (including the monsters) are what they seem at first glance; loyalty of friends; Jack’s secret past.
What I Disliked: The narration breaks at several points so that Jack can speak directly to the readers, and this kept taking out of the story when I just wanted to stay in the story.
What can I say I was sitting at the table and when I started reading this out loud my 13 year old daughter was hooked. The beginning of the book Warning!! got her attention and that all it took. I actually loved reading it myself. It is about a young boy who lives with his "Aunt" since both of his parents where killed when he was baby the day before his birthday he finds out that he is a Monster hunter and the last of his bloodline. This book will have you turning the next page to see what is going to happen next. Does Jack and his friends survive the fight with the Ren Lucre the oldest vampire and head of the Creach or will he be held prisoner and die a slow death this is where you will have to buy the book to find out.
This is a good read for teenagers and will keep them entertained for hours and I even think that most adults would find this book entertaining also.
Jeff Gunhus has really did a good job writing this book and I highly recommend it reading it.
When I started this book, I had already read book three, Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires, so I knew quite a bit about Jack Templar, but it was nice learning in detail how he became a monster hunter.
The Jack Templar books are fast and easy reading and Jeff Gunhus has a good writing style as well as a sense of humor. I like the descriptions of the monsters. They're detailed enough to get a good picture in your head. The story gets your attention from the beginning and never slows down.
The main characters, Jack and his friends, are all likeable and all very different but they make a good team.
I definitely recommend Jack Templar Monster Hunter.
After he read the first book, he begged me to order the second one. This one he read in half the time, and was no longer in remedial reading. He just finished the third in record time and I have ordered the fourth one. My daughter can’t thank me enough, but the thanks really goes to Jeff Gunhus.
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But still, worth reading.